At the end of the 2022 season, Andrew Benintendi will be a free agent, eligible for arbitration. According to Matt Swartz, the outfielder will earn about $ 9.3 million through refereeing.
But which path will Benintendi take?
Will he be a member of the Royals at the end of the season? Will he go elsewhere?
It all depends on its 2022 season.
If he has another season like 2020, he is unlikely to attract much interest across MLB. On the other hand, if he has a season similar to that of 2018, the Royals will do anything to keep him.
In four full seasons on the tour, Benintendi had three solid seasons, where he maintained a fWar of 2 and above.
In his debut season at Kansas City, he did well, posting similar stats to his 2019 season. In 134 games, he maintained a .276 batting average, hit 17 home runs (in a really big park) and drove home. stole eight goals.
He is a complete player, but his lack of consistency is his main flaw. Will the Royals still succeed in putting her in a situation where he will be successful? In 2021 they were successful, but 2022 may be different. Why?
The reasons are called Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto. The two prospects risk starting their careers with the big club this year and even if they are infielder, it could have an impact on Benintendi.
Adalberto Mondesi, Nicky Lopez, Carlos Santana, Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield will all have to fight with the youngsters for their place in the infield. The losers of this internal competition will end up either on the bench, as a substitute player, or in the outfield.